posted on Jul, 27 2004 @ 09:51 AM
I will never forget the anxiety of those days between the Nov. 2000 election and Bush's selection to the presidency by the US Supreme Court. I voted
for Bush and sleeplessly waited for the results I prayed I'd hear.
For eight long years I waited impatiently for the day to come when the US would show Clinton/Gore the door. I thought Clinton was the worst president
we had since at least Carter. By far, the biggest perv to ever occupy the Oval Office. The thought of four more years of Gore as president was an
anathema to me.
And so came the day. It was final, sayeth the Supremes from on high. Bush was chosen, Gore was sent home.
I caught my first real glimmer of the character of each men, whether I knew it or not, as I listened to each man speak of his outcome. It was a
profound whispering and omen to come.
Even though I detested the Clinton/Gore reign, I never felt the personal animosity toward Gore that I had felt for Clinton. Gore never once gave me
any reason to question his integrity as a family man, first of all. Everything else flows from that. And he served this country, too, during Vietnam.
Unlike many of his counterparts, he joined up (whatever the reason) and did his time - not as an officer - but as an enlisted. I could respect
I remember Bush giving his acceptance speech and feeling thankful that he had prevailed. I cannot tell you what he said and was struck by how NOT
memorable it was. One would think after such an historic electoral battle, his words would've seered into my mind. They did not. They were forgotten
as soon as the channel was switched.
Then there was Gore's concession speech. I was struck very deeply by his eloquence, his graciousness in defeat and by his willingness to publicly
cast aside the bitterness so many of his followers were drowning in. I think for the very first time I truly saw into the very heart of his character
and I was profoundly moved by the man I saw that day. And I never forgot that speech.
Although I did not change my opinion on the election's outcome by it, I never forgot. Gore won my respect and admiration that day and I have come to
the conclusion that I was terribly wrong for choosing Bush over him. Gore has since given some of the most powerful speeches, speaking truth to power
in a way, I think, he would never have been able or willing to had he not lost the way he did.
I missed his speech last night at the Democratic Convention and I was sorry to have. I just now read it, though. His call is for all Americans, both
Democrat and Republican, to come together to face down and solve these issues that have divided us and torn at our courage these last few years since
his defeat. and I love his hopefulness and humor. It's something that our country is in desperate need of these days.